I grew up as a water baby and have loved anything to do with water.. The backyard pool spawned it all for me a a toddler. Trying everything i could possible do off a diving board or roof. As i got older I started skateboarding heavily, ocean surfing, Skim Boarding and yes waterskiing.
Eventually wakeboarding arose. I became an avid wakeboarder riding the Dirty D on a daily basis and learning how to shred sliders, trees and anything around. Huge 360, 540’s behind a heavily weighted boat was my thing for a long time…Until one day I landed hard, Hard enough that I broke 2 ribs and it was only the beginning of summer. I was so upset and sad that I couldn’t function in the water because of the broken ribs I had. I became the guy who just sat in the boat. I hated it… Then One day I saw these guys surfing behind their boat and said “I wanna do that”!! I went out the next day and bought a Hyperlite broadcast from the local boat shop.
The next day I struggled to pull myself up out of the water, but once up and on that wave, I was hooked. I started wakesurfing every chance I could get. I realized it was a combination of skimboarding and surfing at the same time on an endless wave. I came across a small event at Lake Tulloch one year and decided to enter it. I didn’t do so well but made great friends including Jeff Page of Inland surfer. He hooked me up with a board and I became even more hooked. I started to compete more and more and finally started winning some things and eventually became sponsored by Inland Surfer and Mossdale Boats. It was great!
Ive continued to compete now and have 18 different podiums in the 6 years Ive been involved. I love to teach lessons for individuals or groups or families. Its fun to me and I like to show how it can be fun and safe for everyone. Ive also started Wake Shredder Clothing and have been sponsoring events myself in order to push the sport even farther into the media. Wake Shredder is now a known name in the Wake Surf world and I appreciate everyone that has supported it.
WHERE DID YOU GROW UP?
San Jose, CA SIBLINGS? None Woohoo!
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?
My goals are not only for me to push myself above and beyond anything I can do but to progress the sport by pushing the younger generations to learn and love the sport and show them that its not just competition…Its Fun!
Inland Surfer, Wake Shredder, ToWanZa MOST RECENT RESULTS: 6th at Worlds in AZ.
BIGGEST ACCOMPLISHMENT IN YOUR SPORTS:
Anytime I get on that podium or just have a killer session or land a new trick is a great accomplishment to me.
Bartender and Owner of Wake Shredder Clothing.
Being on my boat or any boat having fun wakesurfing with people and Snowboarding in the winter with my Tahoe posse.
People who don’t know how to operate their boat properly, Liars, cheats, thieves, un-honest people, and cheep skates.
I love them all!
BELIEFS? OUTLOOKS ON LIFE?
I believe in positivity and happiness. I watched my parents give up family time for work to survive. There always needs to be a balance and be happy at what you do. To wake up each day with a positive mind
set and a smile is the best. To dwell on negativity will lead to stress, disorder and short lived unhappy lives. I strive to make not just myself but others around me happy and enjoy whats around them.
FAVORITE RIDER AND WHY?
Ive got a couple…Drew Danielo for being the 5 time man of course and being so consistent with his riding. And Keenan Fleegal for being that once time shy little guy who came outta no where and is throwing down crazy stuff with huge aggression and style.
Inland Surfer Keenan Pro
HOW OFTEN DO YOU GET TO RIDE?
I ride 2-4 days a week from May to December usually.
WHO WOULD YOU LIKE TO THANK OR GIVE PROPS TO?
I really wanna thank Inland Surfer (Jeff Page, Lance Conner) for supporting me and really getting me involved in this sport and showing me things I would have never known about. All my friends for pushing me when I needed it, Jeff Campbell, Jeremy (Dirt) Miller, Edric Alvarez, Vanessa (Butterfly) Gonzalez and all of you that I didn’t mention I still say thanks.
Do you Live to work? or work to live? Happiness is all that is needed in Life
Negotiable, Im a nice guy!